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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-08-06 08:21 AM
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Contrite BP bosses admit blame for Alaskan oil leaks--Guardian,,1867502,00.html?...

Senior BP executives owned up yesterday to "unacceptable" operating failures as they faced a barrage of attacks from US politicians over the company's leaking pipelines in the Alaskan wilderness.
The British oil company's US president, Robert Malone, and its head of Alaskan operations, Steve Marshall, ate humble pie in an appearance before members of Congress's energy and commerce committee. "We have fallen short of the high standards we hold for ourselves," Mr Malone said. "BP America's recent operating failures are unacceptable."

They were accused of ignoring warning signs and cutting back on maintenance checks in the run-up to discovery of corrosion and a spill that forced the shutdown of half of the Prudhoe Bay oilfield in August...Their admission of blame did little to pacify congressmen, who said their constituents were paying higher prices at petrol pumps as a result of BP's shutdown. The Prudhoe Bay field accounts for 8% of US domestic oil production.

Edward Markey, a Democrat, told the BP executives: "You were essentially driving a car with over 100,000 miles on the clock without bothering to spend the money and time on maintaining it." Another Democrat, Jan Schakowsky, said: "If this company had spent as much on inspection and maintenance as it does on advertising and lobbying for lower taxes, none of us would need to be here today."

BP's corrosion manager in Alaska, Richard Woollam, refused to answer questions, pleading the fifth amendment on advice from his lawyers. He was allowed to leave...Mr Marshall repeatedly declined to discuss details of maintenance, saying that he was "not a corrosion expert" and did not have information available. He did agree with suggestions that BP had avoided using pigs because of a build-up of solids within the pipe which could have been dislodged, causing damage to pumps and further erosion.

It emerged yesterday that the US justice department has subpoenaed an entire stretch of pipe as evidence in a criminal case being drawn up against BP. The US department of transportation is also investigating the company's conduct.

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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-08-06 08:30 AM
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1. So is all forgiven since they delivered this pitiful mea culpa?
Do they walk away unscathed after all the damage?

Do they claim, like EXXON is (remember the EXXON Valdez spill?) that they can't afford to pay their fine?

Watch, they'll get away with this just like EXXON.
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anotherdrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-08-06 12:36 PM
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2. break them of every dime and make them slave for minimum wage
these inbred half-wits need to be removed from the "business" world immediately, their incompetence is showing.
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